Pleurothallis ptychophora Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae 1998 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Flower? Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Another Flower wider petals Photo by Byron Rinke

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Folded Pleurothallis [refers to the deflexed apex of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes in wet tropical and montane forests at elevations around 1250 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial on roadbanks with slender to stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly ovate, obtuse to subacute, shortly acuminate, sessile, broadly rounded base leaf that blooms in the fall on 6 to 10, erect, congested, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a slender spathe at the base of the leaf.

CAUTION !!! The 2 species in the photographs above appear to match Luer's drawing of the flower but differs in having a less orbicular leaf, single, shorter inflorescence and fewer, larger flowers, so use with caution. The drawing is correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing ok see above; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;